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Speaking of Names ….

This post was inspired by Snuppy of Central Snark. My post doesn’t quite align with hers, but if you visit her site I think you will see how one topic lead to the other.


I once worked at an outreach office with a name that had to be enunciated slowly and clearly — Center for New Directions — because if one said it too quickly, especially when answering the phone, one would be greeted with a gasp and a click followed by the dial tone.

On the day I was hired I spoke to my brother on the phone and told him where I was to be working, “Center For NewD irections.” He immediately demanded, “What the hell do you do there?!” I was a bit startled by the vehemence of his response, but having no idea what his ears had heard, I responded truthfully, “Primarily I will teach single mothers how to market their basic skills.”

Needless to say, that didn’t calm him any.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. HAHAHAHAHAHA. and yes, i am SUCH a maroon i had to repeat the name several times before i finally got it!

    beyond the name, i’m totally cracking up at the exchange between you and your brother. that, my friend, was priceless. 😉

  2. Snuppy-Neva — ayup, I know. I actually follow Snark much more often then I comment. Lately I’ve had extra time and you’ve been extra enticing. I return to work tomorrow, though. Pft.

  3. Doug — that’s cuz you need me to slur it to you. Apparently I have horrible diction. At least, that’s what every voice recognition software program I’ve ever encountered tells me.

  4. When I first said it outloud I heard, “Sinner for nude directions.” I can’t imagine what’s wrong with Nude Erections. They’re the best kind.

  5. Yeah. Nude Directions would be quite enough to set off the average prude. Especially one that hears about marketing the skills of single mothers. Sheesh!!

  6. ROTF!
    And I got it straight away, even though nude is pronounced “nood” here, not “niewd” as new would be, had it a “d” on the end.

  7. OMG that is funny! I didn’t get it either, I was trying to say it fast and still didn’t get it until you typed it out. lol

  8. I needed to be told explicitly too and then wondered why I didn’t see it right off. After being misunderstood the first time I’d have a hard time not saying it wrong on purpose just for fun.

  9. TLP — indeed.

    OC — Nude Erections, which rates even higher on the shock meter. Btw, are you calling my brother a prude? I’m not quite certain that fits beyond the realms of his sister’s acceptable employment.

    Mumma — you must slur your words, too!

    Donna — I wish I’d have recorded it. Then you’d have had not trouble hearning it.

    Nessa — it is very hard to say it correctly once one gets it in their head incorrectly.

    Pauline — it took me awhile, then I laughed for — oh, it’s been about 12 years now ….

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